No-fuss shepherd's pie

No-fuss shepherd's pie

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

We've got some lovely twists on shepherd's pie on the site, but we were missing a definitive version of this classic family recipe - here it is!

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freeze once assembled
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
663
protein
33g
carbs
49g
fat
39g
saturates
20g
fibre
5g
sugar
10g
salt
1.35g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2-3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 500g pack lamb mince
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • large splash Worcestershire sauce
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 900g potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 85g butter
  • 3 tbsp milk

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan, then soften the onion and carrots for a few mins. When soft, turn up the heat, crumble in the lamb and brown, tipping off any excess fat. Add the tomato purée and Worcestershire sauce, then fry for a few mins. Pour over the stock, bring to a simmer, then cover and cook for 40 mins, uncovering halfway.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180C/ fan 160C/ gas 4, then make the mash. Boil the potatoes in salted water for 10-15 mins until tender. Drain, then mash with the butter and milk.
  3. Put the mince into an ovenproof dish, top with the mash and ruffle with a fork. The pie can now be chilled and frozen for up to a month. Bake for 20-25 mins until the top is starting to colour and the mince is bubbling through at the edges. (To bake from frozen, cook at 160C/fan 140C/gas 3 for 1 hr-1 hr 20 mins until piping hot in the centre. Flash under the grill to brown, if you like.) Leave to stand for 5 mins before serving.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2009

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judemurphy7's picture
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Absolutely beautiful flavour I also added frozen garden peas fried off with the carrots which were delicious! Great easy receipe

emmaj4's picture
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Very easy and very quickly devoured!

heidyin's picture
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Excellent recipe. So easy, and even my fussy 5 year old loves it!

conatazz's picture
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This was pretty decent, but a little bland, and I think the cooking time is a bit longer than 20-25 mins to get it right (my oven is pretty rubbish though so that might just be variation). I used beef mince instead of lamb as its all I had, and I added some cumin, basil and chilli powder. Also added mushrooms as they are my favourite, and mustard to the mash. The potato on top was delicious, but I found the underneath slightly bland and a bit too watery. I might try some of the suggestions here to add a little flower next time. Overall very good, I will make again.

divadesfeuers's picture
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Great taste, easy to prepare. Made this for my birthday party and everyone loved it.

geekgirl101's picture
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Awesome and easy recipe! I was looking for a nice and simple yet tasty recipe for shepherd's pie and this one definitely scores for me, and I had all the extra ingredients too. None of this overdramatic garlic salt, aubergine essence, cheese imported all the way from china, etc.

zoewake's picture
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Love this recipe - really easy, and the whole family love it - esp with a sprinkling of grated cheese on top before it goes in the oven - YUMMY!

sarahjbreen's picture
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This was really easy to make and looks great. I added a handful of frozen peas before I popped it in the oven for a few extra vitamins and a bit of colour.

natalieprice6's picture
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Really tasty, I put peas in to get an extra veg and added ginger and garlic. It really enhances the flavours!

dquelhas's picture
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This is by far the best shepherds pie recipe that I ever came across!
I've added fresh ground pepper and nutmeg to the potato mash too.

the-novice-chef's picture

used mince beef and was lovely, i added peas and sweetcorn as its the kids fav and it went down a treat.

babyfirefly's picture
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Lovely!! My son can be a bit of a fussy eater but he loves this!

sam100969's picture
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Had this last night and enjoyed by everybody - I used some parsnip in the mash with a teaspoon of English Mustard... I also added some Mint jelly to the meat for extra sweetness & it was delicious x

jenwiggy's picture

used beef mince and put grated cheese on top was yummy

juliettemcgregor's picture
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I used beef mince instead and left out the Wocestershire sauce and tomato puree as I didn't have any but it was still great. My mum loved it! Excellent to pop in the freezer and then bring out on a old winter day.

vanesa's picture

Family favourite, I have also tried beef mince.

dmb1987's picture
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We made this the other day and it was amazing! Perfect for our busy family as were always on the run. We added to cloves of garlic for a little extra flavour.

willow81's picture
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I make this one a lot. The kids love it, it's so easy to make and tastes delicious!

becka36's picture
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Great recipe made a few changes, added a tin of chopped tomatoes and some celery and added slightly less stock tasted great.

cathdono's picture
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I made this just like the recipe and me, my husband and my two kids loved it. It was nice to have it with lamb instead of beef for a change and will definitely make it again!

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